Western Kentucky University

Special Needs Summit: Building Bridges

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CEUs available

• Participants can apply for CEUs on the Summit registration form.

parent and child

• Parents of children with special needs will attend free of charge.

• Students will attend free of charge also.

Summit Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Allan L. Beane
Allan L. Beane

Allan L. Beane, Ph.D., a former classroom teacher, is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, and author on bullying. Dr. Beane has over 37 years of experience in education with teaching special education, regular education, higher education, serving as Vice President of a University and as Director of a School Safety Center.

Dr. Beane is the author of seven published anti-bullying books and several resources, as well as several self-published books. His program, "The Bully Free Program," has been adopted by schools and districts throughout the United States. Dr. Beane’s "The Bully Free Program" has also been featured in national publications.


Other Speakers

Michelle Antle
Michelle Antle

Michelle Antle, Ed.S, is currently a school psychologist for the Simpson County Schools and has previously worked in other local school systems as a school psychologist. She was awarded School Psychologist of the Year by the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools and received the Best Practice Award in the state of Kentucky.

Her experience includes serving as the Autism Coordinator for Family Options, Inc., and as the Applied Behavior Analysis Lead Therapist at the Childhood Learning Center. She has received training in Applied Behavior Analysis and has presented on Autism Spectrum Disorders and intervention strategies to various parent and professional groups.


Cynthia McGahan
Cynthia McGahan

Cynthia McGahan, B.A., is an Expressive Arts Facilitator in private practice. She specializes in life coaching, Qigong for wellness, spiritual counseling, and community wisdom play. After receiving a B. A. in spirituality and dance in 1981, she continued her integrative studies completing multiple certification programs.

Cynthia resides in Bowling Green, where for over 25 years she has shared her passion for embodied living, offering Expressive Arts Facilitation as a pathway for joyful living. In addition to providing services to individuals, she also conducts workshops, retreats, and special events.


Lou Ann Sanford
Lou Ann Sanford

Lou Ann Sanford, PTA, currently practices physical therapy at the Commonwealth Health Corporation, Medical Center at Bowling Green where the majority of her clients are children. She has over 27 years of experience in physical therapy, with 17 years of pediatric physical therapy experience. She has worked in different settings including medical facilities and school systems, but has always had a passion for working with children.

After graduating from Vincennes University in Indiana in 1985, she now resides in Bowling Green with her husband and two children.


David Wheeler
David Wheeler

David Wheeler, MSW, CSW, is the Director of State General Fund Services for LifeSkills’ Developmental Services Division. In this position, he provides administrative oversight for the following programs: the State General Fund case management, Michelle P. Waiver Consumer Directed Option Program, the Hart Supported Living Program, Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review programs, and developmental adult crisis services.

David has a bachelor’s degree in human services and a master’s degree in social work. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities.


 Last Modified 7/24/13